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The world needs more toilets, but Western solutions aren't the answer

A boy takes bath outside newly built toilets in a village on the outskirts of Nagapattinam, about 325km (202 miles) from the southern Indian city of Chennai December 24, 2005. Government and multilateral agencies have pledged more than $7.3 billion in aid for nations hit by the December 26, 2004 earthquake and tsunami in the Indian Ocean, while global private donations amount to more than $5.7 billion. REUTERS/Jagadeesh NV - RTR1BITH

Tamara Avellán looks at how access to proper sanitation can be improved. Image: REUTERS/Jagadeesh

Tamara Avellán
Research Fellow, Water Resource Management Unit, United Nations University
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